by Steven Marrocco – MMAWeekly.com
For heavyweight Chase Gormley,
just having a fight, let alone one in the UFC, is reason to be excited.
The newcomer was scheduled to
take on Ben Rothwell at Affliction’s third show, “Trilogy,” before he got the
call that the fight and promotion were kaput. He wasn’t out of work, though:
the UFC wanted to honor his contract, importing his meeting with Rothwell to
Then, the ground shifted
beneath him again. The UFC forwent a title eliminator between Shane Carwin and
Cain Velasquez at the Los Angeles event and plugged Carwin into the main event
of UFC 106 with Brock Lesnar. Rothwell, a former IFL champion, took Carwin’s
place, and Gormley was out a fight once again.
The promotion didn’t leave him
hanging long. Stefan Struve, a six-foot-11-inch Swedish hightower who’d
survived one of the nastiest cuts in recent memory at UFC 99, was hungry for a
fight. Gormley accepted.
“The last three or four fights
have gotten cancelled anyways, so at least I still have a fight,” he told MMAWeekly.com in an exclusive video interview. “So I can’t really complain. I’m still happy.”
Gormley admits his anonymity in
the heavyweight division makes it easy for casual fans to count him out, but he
plans on proving himself a formidable competitor.
“These guys don’t know what
they’re getting into,” he said. “They think I’m just some throw me fight that
they’re gonna get, and they’re gonna be in for a rude awakening when I show